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the trial of the “burqa killer” opens on Monday

In Toulouse in 2017, a 27-year-old man was executed at the Kalashnikov by an individual hidden under a burqa. Seven defendants appear for these facts before the assizes of Haute-Garonne.

In July 2017, a man was executed with a weapon of war, in the middle of the street in Toulouse, by an individual wearing a burqa. Four years later, seven people are tried from Monday before the Toulouse Assize Court (Haute-Garonne) for this shooting in which several victims unrelated to the case were also injured.

This Monday, July 3, 2017, it is 9 p.m. when a man concealed under a burqa, pushing “a stroller to hide his weapon, presumably a Kalashnikov-type assault rifle“, Enters the district of”La Reynerie», Explained at the time of the facts the public prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau. The assailant takes out the weapon and shoots “more than thirty times»By pursuing his victim«over a distance of more than 200 meters“. He then fled on a two-wheeler “of high displacement driven by an accomplice“. The toll is dramatic: a 27-year-old man was killed instantly, while seven other people were injured.

About twenty convictions

The victim, Djamel Thari, 27, an employee of a pizzeria, is “Very unfavorably known to the police services”, let know Release . Very quickly, investigators understand that the other people affected by the shootings are collateral victims of a series of clashes linked to drug trafficking.

In February 2018, they arrested eight men, seven of whom are now on the dock. Aged 25 to 38, some are already well known to the judicial authorities. This is the case of Abdelkader R., a man from Lyon whom justice accuses of being the author of the shots. He already has twenty convictions to his credit. His DNA was discovered on one of the cartridge cases found at the crime scene, reports The Dispatch .

In total, five defendants are being prosecuted for “organized gang murder“, Another is tried for complicity in this crime, while a last individual is prosecuted for”conspiracy.»

“The inhabitants can’t take it anymore”

«La ReynerieIs known as one of the particularly sensitive areas of the pink city. Located in the larger Mirail complex, it is classified as “sensitive urban area”And has already been the scene of settling scores on several occasions.

If the toll of Toulouse is not comparable to that of Marseille, it remains nonetheless worrying: between 2018 and 2020, 32 cases of settling of scores were recorded there, with at least nine dead and 33 injured. “The inhabitants, a tiny part of which is linked to traffic, cannot take it any longer.», Deplored a police source to Release. The trial is due to end on September 24 and the defendants face up to life imprisonment.

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